NEW YORK - LeBron James and Kobe Bryant top the first voting results for the 62nd NBA All-Star Game announced yesterday by the league while Asian-American guard Jeremy Lin trails in his bid for a spot.
The showdown of Eastern and Western conference superstars will be staged February 17 at Houston.
Miami playmaker James, last season's NBA Most Valuable Player who led the Heat to last season's NBA crown, has the overall lead with 641,348 votes while Los Angeles Lakers guard Bryant paces the Western Conference and ranks second overall at 639,419.
New York's Carmelo Anthony, with 573,112 votes, and Boston's Kevin Garnett, with 218,246 votes, joined James as Eastern Conference front-court leaders with Miami's Chris Bosh a distant fourth at 210,724.
Miami's Dwyane Wade led the East backcourt with 430,925 votes with Boston's Rajon Rondo in the other guard spot at 382,613.